Is the grass always greener over there? You may think your neighbor is harboring a secret about having such a healthy garden. The truth is that there is no horticulture “secret”. A little education is all you need to get better at gardening. You can begin your quest for knowledge by reading this article for some gardening advice.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
Choose the right soil for best results. Dependent on the type of plants you are choosing for the garden, the soil may not be right for them. You could also isolate a certain area, and fill it with just one kind of soil.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
For areas with high alkaline, mix coffee grounds into the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Plant moisture is a big attraction to both parasites and plant diseases. A common parasite to plants is fungi. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
There are natural steps you can take to keep garden pests at bay. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Think about starting your peas indoors rather than planting them directly in the garden. If you were to plant them inside first, the seeds should germinate better. Seedlings will grow stronger, and withstand attacks from pests and diseases a lot better. Once your seedlings are sturdy, you can then move them outside.
Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with your chemicals and tools, especially when you’re just starting to garden. Some of the chemicals in these products can cause skin irritation, or worse, if you fail to take this simple precaution. Protect yourself and follow all instructions.
Another way to help them grow is by watering them with the liquid that is left from cooking vegetables. It is also possible to utilize coffee ground or tea to make the soil more acidic for gardenias, rhododendrons and other plants that prefer acidic soil. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your horticulture area. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Wear sunglasses and hats with wide brims, and apply sunscreen. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Most of these tips are easy to apply in your own setting. All you have to do is implement what you have just learned. You need to pay close attention to how your plants fare after changing up your techniques. If one thing fails, try another technique. After some time, your neighbors will be envious of you!